FORMER Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman claims designer clothes sizes are now so “extreme” only the “very, very thinnest” people fit into them.
The 59-year-old journalist, who was at the helm of the style bible for 25 years, once wrote to the world’s high-end fashion labels to protest the issue – but said it didn’t “make any difference”.
Speaking to an audience at Regent Street’s Fashion and Design Month, she said: “I’m pleased that I did raise the question of the sizes, the sample sizes.
“I wrote this letter to all the designers saying could they consider the fact that the sample sizes that we have to photograph are so small that only the very, very thinnest people in the world could get into them.
“I mean, even some models couldn’t get into them. It reached a really very extreme stage. I’m pleased I did it, but I really don’t think it made any difference.
“Everyone wrote polite letters back and everyone had their own reason why they did it, but I felt at least I’d brought that question up in the fashion arena.”
Alexandra also commented on eating disorder issues in the fashion industry, and how some clothing sample sizes are so tiny even top models couldn’t fit into them.
“’The whole body image thing is such a complicated issue and its ongoing I think,” she said.
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“You’ve got a problem with anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, body image. You’ve also got obesity problems, so I don’t think it’s any kind of quick fix on that one.”
Last month, Alexandra shared a candid bikini selfie while soaking up the sun in Greece.
Posting the unedited snap on Instagram, she wrote: “Ready for the boat trip!”
Posing in her bedroom mirror, Alexandra can be seen wearing a black and white two-piece from Boden, has her brunette hair scraped back in a messy bun and appears to have gone make-up free.
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The laid-back look is a world away from the glossy, polished style she rocked as a fashion editor – and it earned her a lot of praise online.
The selfie racked up nearly 5,000 likes, with fans applauding her “honesty”.
“So lovely to see a photo that hasn’t been edited or adjusted! You look incredible,” commented one impressed fan, as another added: “A good honest shot. You’ve gone back up in my humble estimation.”
“Total role model,” gushed one admirer, as another said: “Respect! For showing how you can be stylish whilst looking like a real woman with curves. Inspirational. Women need to love each other, not tear each other down.”
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Alexandra announced in January that she would be leaving Vogue, and has been replaced by Edward Enninful, a former fashion director at i-D Magazine.
Sharing a shot of her final cover online, she wrote: “So excited to receive my final issue of Vogue as Editor-in-chief.
“Filled with fashion and memories and the women who made a difference in the past quarter of a century.”
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has since criticised the lack of ethnic diversity at the magazine, saying she was looking forward to a “more inclusive and diverse staff” under the new editor.